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10th April 2022
Sermon for Palm Sunday
is delivered on zoom by our minister, Revd. Chee Keong Yong
I have difficulty with the use of palm branches to decorate church halls and sanctuaries. In one particular church where I have the privilege of being its minister, there is an elaborate use of huge palms branches to be tied at the end of each pew. Some churches have ladies making palm crosses. Others have young children waving palms in a procession into a building. Whatever your recollection of Palm Sunday, it is mostly associated with celebration. After all, this is the welcome accorded to Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.
It seems almost farcical that he rides on a donkey instead of a horse or camel. Were they mocking Jesus? Yet we read that it was Jesus who prompted his disciples to fetch the donkey in fulfillment of a prophecy concerning the manner he would come into Jerusalem.
What do we make of the event?
Yearly, we re-enact this event to mark the start of Holy Week. Why? For one thing, it draws attention. While I was ministering in Sydney, yearly the church put on a public play from the Sydney Opera House. Someone would dress up as Jesus and he will ride on a live donkey. People will sing and invite passers-by to join the happy throng.
However, I do wonder what significance is there in the event itself? Generally, most of us may not be even aware of this – this event is recorded in all four Gospels. The Gospel writers deem it highly significant. Christmas did not even make it in all four Gospels.
So come to our service this coming Sunday to learn more about the significance of Palm Sunday.
We are on Zoom and in person from 10.00 am at the Student Christian Centre on 328 Phyathai Road (near Ratchatewi BTS – in the direction of Asia Hotel).
Please scroll down belowfor important notices
information about Fellowship at ICB, Thursday Prayer meetings, and Outreach needs.
Scroll down, too, for news: In-person Evening services have restarted on Sundays.Worship starts at 6.30pm.
at BCGH (Bangkok Christian Guesthouse)
Special live music for Easter will be performed at our Morning Service on 24th April (the week after Easter Sunday). See more details below.
Please pray a) for those who have contracted Covid19, including those in our own congregation and their families. b) for the refugee families and other displaced persons residing in Bangkok, for their safety and well-being as well as positive progress in securing permanent resettlement solutions to their plight. c) for the people of Ukraine both in the country and refugees as well as those caught up in wars and conflicts in other countries, including in neighbouring Myanmar. d) for the people in Yemen, Afghanistan, Mozambique and the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia and Somalia) who needlessly lack both food and medical supplies and are close to starvation. We pray that the recently agreed truce in fighting in both The Yemen and Ethiopia will transform into permanent endings of hostilities in those countries.
Sunday School will meet on-line this Sunday (not in-person yet)
Sunday Classes for young people of 9 to 13 years The former Faith Formation class has recently ended but if you have a middle-school age child or children who would like to join a similar course, please let Pastor Chee know. If there are enough students, a new Faith Formation group could be started. email: email@example.com
from our Minister, Pastor Chee
EASTER JOY at Student Christian Centre (SCC) : 10am
Sunday 24th April
All are welcome to join this live performance of Joyful music given by the Choir of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church
conducted by our own music director, Hussien Domocmat.
Note: This is will be part of our ICB Morning Service on that day.
ICB Morning Service
(in person and on Zoom)
At new Location
SCC Creative Space Coffee Shop
Student Christian Center
328/1 Phyathai Road
which is within short walking distance from BTS Ratchatewi. Click here for Google maps reference or follow the map at top of this newsletter.
Please remember the COVID Code:
All are advised to follow social distancing to keep others safe. A temperature check is required. We have members who have been infected lately and we do not wish others to be infected. If you are not feeling well, please stay at home and join us on Zoom. For safety precautions, the ICB Council has advised against any form of fellowship potlucks for the time being. Bottled water will be available.
If you plan to come in your own car:
It is best to enter Phayathai Road from the Patumwan intersection (at Discovery Center/MBK) and drive across Hua Chang (elephant head) Bridge. Immediately over the bridge, turn left into the SCC/CCT compound just before Evergreen Place and Asia Hotel.
There are limited parking spaces (free) in the compound but if full, you can park in the CCT Tower Building at the back of this same compound (there maybe a small charge p/hr)
ICB Evening Service has resumed EVERY Sunday at BCGH.
Worship starts at 6.30pm.
Join in-person (only) at Bangkok Christian Guesthouse, off Convent Road (BTS Saladaeng / MRT Silom stations).
Please bring your friends
Below is a map of how to get to BCGH from BTS and MRT stations. Just a 5-8 min walk. Short cut hint: from BTS concourse floor, enter Central Silom Complex and exit on the ground floor to Soi Saladaeng 2. Turn right and walk for 2 minutes. BCGH is on the left (before Convent Rd).
(From MRT, take lift from concourse up to skywalk level and walk to BTS station then left into Central Complex.)
Fellowship is essential for the wellbeing of any true community – but it’s not so easy when we cannot meet personally face-to-face, though hopefully many of us will be soon.
At ICB, we wish to develop new ways to extend Christian fellowship among all of us during 2022. We invite you to help with your ideas for such fellowship activities.
Mary Santhi has recently taken on the role of ICB Fellowship Chair but she needs a committee to lead!
Mary cannot undertake the work alone and so she is inviting you to join her in one of the most important and joyful aspects of the church which is appreciated by everybody.
Please send an email to Mary and she will respond by telling you more: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of Mary’s early ideas for Fellowship is to recognise everybody’s birthday so we can all pray for every person on her/his special day. Birthday greetings are now appearing on the ‘ICB Morning Service’ LINE app. Unfortunately, our list of birthdays is far from complete and so, if you are in agreement, please let Mary know by email your special day (your birth year won’t be posted without your consent).
Weekly Prayer Meeting –
Thursdays from 7:00 to 7:30pm (pls join before 7:05)
This is a wonderful opportunity to pause for a few moments, however busy we are, and join together to reflect and pray forour Church, Bangkok, the World and for ourselves. You will feel better for it – and so will God!
CHRISTIAN OUTREACH The International Church of Bangkok
partners with Christian ministries throughout Thailand to advance the work of Jesus.
5% of ICB’s yearly total income goes directly to the outreach partners. Members and friends are also encouraged to give directly.
Urgently needed: Offerings to our
Ministry to Displaced Persons
to assist refugee families and asylum seekers currently residing in Bangkok (details of how to donate are shown below)
ICB’s Outreach is presently focused on our
“Ministry to Displaced Persons”.
which assists vital everyday needs for refugees and asylum seekers in Bangkok who come here from many nations. We urgently need your further offerings to support this vital ongoing work of our church.
Thank you or your prayerful consideration for those in greatest need. We need more funding support to keep our commitments to them going through 2022.
Bank transfers are easy to do and very welcome Please Donate NOW when it’s Most Needed!! KasikornBank (KBank): 003-1-09408-9
Transfer your donation to the ICB Bank account above and please email your transfer confirmation with the message:
“For Outreach: month/year (or MDP )” email@example.com